Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Auto Body Repairs

Fred’s Auto Service has been providing expert auto body services and collision repair for over 70 years. Here, we address the most frequently asked questions about auto body repairs.

What are the pros and cons of repair versus replacement?

There are some vehicle damages deemed irreparable that can still be repaired. Replacements can be costly. While you may be getting new parts, the old ones might not be completely lost yet. Similar to the way we execute unibody construction, our technicians at Fred’s Auto Service aim to repair as much as they can. When you stop by the shop, we examine the damage to see what can be saved and what needs to be replaced. You can weigh out the pros and cons and make the best decision for you and your car.

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What is unibody construction?

The frame and body of the vehicle are one. If the body got damaged, it is most likely that the frame has been as well. It is a common misconception that unibody frame damage during car accidents means that repair is impossible. Modern cars’ frames come in pieces. If only a section got damaged, it doesn’t make the whole structure irreparable.

Our body shop specializes in unibody repair and frame straightening. Experts at Fred’s Auto Repair can fix your car or truck’s damaged frame in no time.

What areas do you serve?

We provide service in Toledo, Ohio, and the surrounding areas, including Erie, Lambertville, Maumee, Ottawa Lake, Perrysburg, Sylvania, and Temperance.

How long does the repair usually take?

It depends on the damage to your car. We offer extensive auto body repair services, from frame repair and scratch removal to BASF finishing and clear coating. We make sure to treat your car with utmost care. We do our best to get the vehicle up and running as soon as possible.

My car has a lot of damaged aluminum panels. I’m afraid the repairs might be too expensive.

We can repair any vehicle with aluminum body panels. No matter how severe the damage is, this aluminum-capable auto body repair shop has got you covered. We are equipped with the necessary aluminum repair equipment to make this possible.

If you are worried about the cost, our aluminum repair rates are quite affordable. We also offer free repair estimates, so you can see how much the repair would cost before taking the next step.

What do you use for color-matching?

We use a computerized color matching system to cut the time spent looking for the right shade. We make sure that we get the exact color when repairing your car.

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Our technicians use a device that can scan your entire vehicle and find the exact shade right away. This innovation allows us to repair your car with its original color. The device also considers the weather wear so that you wouldn’t have a door be two shades lighter than the body. If you are looking to have your car repaired with the exact color match, contact us today. 

What is Clear Coating?

We offer clear coating services for owners who want their cars looking shiny and brand new. Our experts paint your vehicle with a clear resin that can also serve as protection against minor scratches and bumps. Clear coating minimizes car paint damage from harsh ultraviolet rays and makes it easier to buff out defects.

Try clear coating today and see the difference yourself.

What vehicles do you service?

We can repair the following automobiles:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Dodge
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus

Can you also help me file insurance claims?

Car accidents and collisions are difficult for everyone. That’s why aside from offering our expertise in repairing your vehicle, we also help file insurance claims. Insurance companies tend to come with complicated and confusing policies, leading you to go to the shop they recommend immediately. It is still your right to go to the shop of your choosing.

Here at Fred’s Auto Service, we can also help you file a claim with your insurance company properly so you can get the most out of your insurance.

Can you repair hard plastic?

Most auto parts are made of hard plastic. Our expert technicians have the experience and skills needed to repair different types of hard plastic parts.

We utilize a plastic welder specifically for welding plastic auto parts and bumpers. Because plastic parts can be expensive to replace, we try our hardest to repair those that we can.

With over 70 years of experience in auto repairs, you can be sure you’re getting the very best service when you come to Fred’s. Contact us today to schedule all of your auto service needs!

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